clarkmgeogeek.pngOne of the aims of this year's Society and Culture Undergraduate Research Forum (SCURF) was to broaden its reach to the wider campus community. The 2014's theme, "Imprints: Humanity's Footprint on Time and Space," was deliberately developed to be applicable to research from a wide array of disciplines.

With most submissions historically hailing from the School of Social Sciences, this year's conference promises to analyze the "Imprints" theme from a multitude of perspectives, ranging from the biological sciences to film studies. The conference will be held in the Student Center's Ballroom B on Wednesday, April 9 from 5 - 9 p.m. In addition to dishing up original presentations, food and drinks will also be served.

With a goal of infusing sustainability into the SSU curriculum, the Sustainability Executive Committee (SEC) and WATERS Collaborative announced four "Sustainability in the Classroom " awards.

"The pursuit of a sustainable future means coming at problems from many directions, and these courses in philosophy, business and economics, biology, math and statistics add significantly to existing roster of courses in sustainability," said Paul Draper, the new Director of Sustainability for the campus.

"Broadly, we envision sustainability as ongoing efforts --large and small -- to respect the environment, see and remake culture, and construct new economies that don't compromise the ability of future generations to meet their own needs," Draper explained.

Drawing from a GMC Academic Integration Grant, and a grant from the Sonoma County Water Agency, four awards were made of $1500 per course. Two of the four awards went to courses addressing watershed sustainability issues.

SSU's McNair Scholars Program is holding its annual symposium, on April 8 in Student Center Ballrooms B, C, and D. All are welcome to attend.

The symposium is a multi-disciplinary presentation of undergraduate research. At the symposium, 25 McNair Scholars will be presenting research on topics covering a range of disciplines from within the social sciences, science and technology, and humanities.

These projects have been conducted under the guidance of SSU faculty members as part of the McNair Scholars' participation in the McNair Scholars program.The McNair Scholars program assists students from groups underrepresented in graduate education in preparing for and getting accepted into graduate school programs through workshops, individual advising, and research experiences.

lobowinemaker.pngWinemaking is a passion for many that has been studied and perfected for hundreds of years. Professor Phil Crews will explain the 21st century approach to the process during his lecture at 7 p.m. on April 17 in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center.

The presentation entitled The Chemistry and Science of Wines and Wine Making is free and open to the public. Tickets are required by visiting

Crews, a professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California Santa Cruz, will explain the scientific aspects of winemaking and how consulting companies have helped winemakers create award-winning vintages.

Re-published from Art Beat at PBS NewsHour, April 3, 2014

Brantley Bryant, associate professor of medieval literature at Sonoma State University, shares what he and others in his field see of the Canterbury Tales, Le Morte d'Arthur and Beowulf in HBO's "Game of Thrones." Spoiler alert: If you haven't watched the first three seasons, you will learn what happens to certain characters.

The land of Westeros may seem far off for fans of "Game of Thrones," but as season four of HBO's successful show is gearing up to start on Sunday, Art Beat learned it may not be as distant as one might think.

According to Brantley Bryant, an associate professor of medieval literature at Sonoma State University, George R.R. Martin, the author of the fantasy series that inspired the HBO show, "has read deeply into medieval history."

eyh.pngSeventh and eighth grade girls from Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino counties will discover the many opportunities available in the world of science and technology on Saturday, April 5 as a part of the 22nd annual Expanding Your Horizons Conference at Sonoma State University.

The conference is designed to help girls explore fields that require degrees in science, engineering, technology and math and prepare them for college and future careers.

Throughout the day, there will be a series of 19 hands-on workshops led by Sonoma State professors, students of the School of Science and Technology and local professionals from North Bay companies like Agilent, Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, ZFA Structural Engineers, and Sonoma Technology, Inc.

triogmc.pngWhat do cello superstar Yo-Yo Ma and nineteenth-century Russian composer Anton Arensky have in common? Answer: the Davidov Stradivarius, named for cellist Karl Davidov (1838-1889).

Described by Tchaikovsky as the "czar of cellists," Davidov was head of the St. Petersburg Conservatory when Arensky was a student there.

Davidov's priceless 1712 cello lives on through the artistry of Yo-Yo Ma, to whom it is currently on loan.

Hear Arensky's lush and lyrical Piano Trio in D Minor, dedicated to Davidov's memory, in a concert by Sonoma State University resident chamber artists, Trio Navarro, on April 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Green Music Center's Joan and Sanford I Weill Hall.

robertbrunner.pngFrom a winery point-of-sale system to duct tape art, from jewelry sales to a water detection sensor, more than 25 Sonoma State University students are bringing their wide range of talent, passion and concepts to life at the first ever Market Day on April 8.

Market Day, held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Mt. Everest at the SSU Recreation Center, is an opportunity for the campus community to see the work of student entrepreneurs and businesses as they showcase and sell their own products, crafts and ideas.

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